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still trying to get through the dongs.s. blen plenty of intrigue lee harvey oswald acting as an agent of the cia? that remains unanswered. the white house did release over 2800 records, roughly 300 others kept classified because of national security concerns. more on that in a moment. first some high lights like the cia director suddenly cut soft before answering a critical question. in records from a 1974 deposition. richard helms was asked whether there was any information involved with the assassination of president kennedy which in any way shows that lee harvey oswald was no some way a cia agent or an agent. the document ends suddenly there without the rest of his
response. also in the documents, 1975 report of the cia's role in foreign assassinations. attorney general robert kennedy telling the fbi he learned the hired an intermediary to approach a mobster who was offered money to go into cuba to kill fidel castro. >> then there's an fbi memo from the new orleans field office three months before the jfk assassination. it describes monitoring the fair play for cuba committee and says the group's activities dropped off considerably after the departure of lee harvey oswald. >> also the fbi received a telephone threat on oswald's life the day before he was murdered. j edgar hooverer confirming it was from a man talking in a calm voice. hoover also on record saying os walled's killer, jack ruby denied making that call.
>> other highlights include a cube an intel officer claiming to know oswald and two months before the assassination oswald was intercepted speak to go a kgb officer in broken russian. also this morning serious new ethical questions facing the president and justice department after, the president -- all of this circling back to who else? hillary clinton. the i form mapt played a critical role in the fbi investigation of russian's efforts to gain influence in the u.s. uranium industry while clinton was the secretary of state. >> last week chuck grassley publicly called on the justice department to lift the gag order. so the justice department can do so. the but there are rules limiting white house involvement in criminal law enforcement matters like this one. >> informant's lawyer confirming
the fbi cleared her client to speak about moscow's efforts to gain influence with the clintons. the question now, did president trump improperly exert his influence to punish hillary clinton? let's ask our guests who are trying to die ygest this information. here in new york, historian, julian zelizer. there's a lot to try to process. sara, let's start with you. is the trump administration essentially weaponizing the doj to relitigate the election? >> president trump has at different points in his presidency expressed frustration with the way attorney general jeff sessions has been conducting business. the he's been frustrated that he didn't show enough willingness for example to go after leakers earlier in the administration. jeff sessions didn't seem to have an interest in prosecuting
hillary clinton like president trump promised on the campaign trail. this is one of the first concrete actions we've seen of president trump pushing the doj to do something in the hillary clinton space because for so long he threatened he was going to lock her uch. and then he backed off that. this is one of the first times he's taken a concrete step to advance a case against hillary clinton. in a vacuum, without president trump's involvement, it's a good thing to always have more transparency to learn more about this fbi informant, to learn more about the case. president trump's personal involvement does raise some concern. >> i mean it's highly unusual for the white house, for the president, to get involved in something like this. is it illegal? i mean is it an overreach? >> it's the selectivity of this it that's particularly concerning. here, as he or the administration is under an eye with this investigation, obstruction of justice, into russian collusion, to have him
selectively insert himself this way certainly is problematic. i don't know if it's illegal at this point but it's going to rub many people the wrong way. the it's the comparison where he stands on these investigations. >> meanwhile, you've got the trump media asking if the obama administration essentially weaponized the fbi in this uranium story as russia bought up u.s. uranium companies and the fact that the hillary clinton and dnc hired out a company that essentially did research that led to the dossier. my head hurts. your head hurts. but, is there anything to this notion that the president of the united states says this uranium sale is something like watergate. listen. >> well i think the uranium sale to russia and the way it was done so underhanded with tremendous amounts of money
being passed i actually think that's watergate modern age. >> sara? is it? >> it's so interesting that this is the case that he's chosen to seize on right now. there are very legitimate criticisms against the dnc in the clinton campaign to cover up the fact that they paid for the research that resulted in the dossier. the uranium deal came into the public consciousness about two wee years ago. she was forced to answer for this. it's resurfacing because the small new detail that an fbi informant possibly had more information about the way the deal was pursued immateri. >> because of that, the trump media calling for bob miller to be fired.
james comey to be locked up. >> let's talk jfk. >> let's make a hard left turn or right turn. let's bring in julian to talk about what we've learned about the jfk assassination, what's been under wraps for more than 50 years, what jumps out alt you? >> well, one the incompetence that you see in the intelligence agencies. these incredible memos that first they lose track of oswald. agents in new orleans lose track of where he is, and most fascinating is after the assassination, hoover has warnings that there's someone aiming a group, aiming to kill oswald, which he's very concerned about after that happens. so that's kind of an interesting part. the vast amount of espionage, of efforts to assassinate cas crtr which we know about. i think it will be eye opening for a new generation of what the u.s. was involved in.
>> what's the eye opening part to you, sir? >> that is exactly what i was going to say, the lengths to which the cia considered assassinating fidel castro. that's not something you typically hear about these days, in one case hiring an intermediary to approach a mob because to talk about dusting his swimsuit with poison. that's not something you think about your tax dollars funding. that was certainly eye opening for me. >> every bit as intriguing is the questions that have not been answered. what to you is most intriguing? >> the one for everyone is most intriguing is who is oswald if anyone. was he connected to anyone. and so there isn't any more new evidence from what i have seen, at least, so far, that offers more data on that. he had many points of connection. he speaks to someone in the kgb.
we see in a memo, though we knew about these contacts in mexico city, there's suspicions all over, including from lbj, who is he connected to? does this have something to do with south vietnam. but i think it's going to be unsatisfying for one looking for a smoking gun zblo what do you think the intelligence agencies are objecting to in releasing these documents? >> some of this, i suspect is to compromise activities they did, including some of what we're talking about now. there might be operations that are still relevant to these agency, methodologies they still use that they don't want to reveal and probably just the embarrassing information about the agencies that they're a little leery. there's no reason to hold anything back at this point. this has been around so much. get it out. because not getting it out is in fact what fuels the.
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in cnn's david mckenzie. that is the day before. we don't know how armed they were the day of the assault. correct? >> reporter: well we do know how armed they were because the pentagon has said that they were with light weapons, and with machine guns on the scene. because they weren't expecting any contact with the enemy. those nigerien source that tell us, they seemed to not have the support he was expecting going into that danger zone. it must be said that there have been multiple attacks in that board er region just close to where i'm standing here now, over the past year on nigerien soldiers. so that source was surprised that they had the level of support that they did. but he did describe coming on to that scene, part of that reaction force that went to try to help out in the terrible situation. he said that the surviving u.s. soldiers were back-to-back with their nigerien counter parts
ready to fight to the death. he said it was extraordinary to him to see how brave those soldiers were who were engaged in this multi-hour fire fight with isis-backed militants. he also said that the wounded soldiers he spoke to described multiple suv attackers and followed up by many, many, in his words, motor cycles coming in with a great deal of force to attack the american and nigerien soldiers. so it was clearly an awful ambush and certainly a brave standoff by these green berets and nigerien counterparts. >> standing reporting. thanks. cvs may buy aetna for $66 billion. if this is approved this could reshape the health care
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j.j. w the veil is lifted on long-held secrets about the kennedy assassination. mob hits on castro, threats on lee harvey oswald and the amazing cliff-hanger. was oswald an agent of the cia? >> fascinating stuff. fbi informant can now testify about russian attempts to gain influence in the u.s. did president trump accomplish that for political payback on hillary clinton? we will dive into both of these sungts on a very intriguing day
here on "early start." >> good morning. 30 minutes past the hour. and we've got two big stories for you this morning. first, plenty of intrigue following the late night release of the jfk files by the trump administration. was lee harvey oswald acting as an agent of the cia? in a stunner, there's no answer this morning. while the white house did release over 2800 records, roughly 300 others were kept classified because of the national security concerns. more on that in a moment. first some highlights like the cia director under lbj suddenly cut short after answering a question. he is asked whether there's any information involved with the aassassination of president conditiondy which in any way show that is lee harvey oswald was in some way a cia agent or an agent. the document ends suddenly there
without the rest of helms's response. >> also a 1975 report on the cia's role in foreign assassinations. attorney general robert kennedy telling the fbi he learned the cia hired an intermediary to approach a mobster, that mobster was offered $150,000 to go into cuba to kill fidel castro, one option, poisoning him with bot lymph pills. >> also they received a -- j edgar hoover confirming there was a call from a man talking in a calm voice saying he was a member of a committee to kill oswald. >> it reads like a movie script. let's bring in cnn political analytic julian zelizer. so hear all this we're talking about a lot of it redacted. what jumps out at you?
o one there was information they seem to have there was an effort to kill oswald after his arrest. that's not something we had seen, and it's pretty shocking evidence of potential incompetence. we also get more information that we knew about of all the different espionage and assassination efforts that the cia was involved with during this time, including the ongoing efforts to kill fidel castro which many people thought was part of what angered oswald who was a big supporter of castro. these are two big pillars so far. >> what i can't seem to get past this morning is for years the conspiracy theories have gained traction. the theory was he this was all rolled out, two put them all to rest. did it? or did it add to the she
everies. >> i don't think anything so far gives us more information that oswald was a part of a coulden searsy. we read there are questions about it and doubts about it. but that doesn't mean there was a conspiracy. this is fuelled by ongoing information that's out there. that's what won searsy theorists love and we still have more information we don't have. my guess is once we have everything, it will still be conspira conse consear theories. >> buthese files are from spy agency, will we reall ever have all the documents to put all the puzzle pieces together? >> we won't have everything we we have a lot. we have elonged through this information. and all the judgments so far are based on a pretty big cachet of document the. i think we can feel pretty good about where we are. this is going to add to some of that international picture of what was going on.
>> no doubt create more scripts for movies as more details come out. >> sure. >> certainly expect to see that. >> absolutely. specially all the stuff about what the cia was doing overseas during these years is intriguing for many americans. we learned this in the 1970's. it shock the the country when senator frank church revealed this and i think it's going to be a new round of discussion. >> maybe certainly generate interest from a younger generation. >> it has. my 9-year-old was asking questions which i thought was a great development. >> julian's going to join on "new day." also this morning serious new ethical questions facing the president after whether personally influencing a decision to lift a gag order, all circling back to hillary clinton. the informant played a critical role in the fbi's investigation efforts to gain
influence--senator judiciary called on the justice department to lift the gag order blocking the informant from speaking to congress chgt the justice department can do so. but there are rules limding white house involvement in criminal enforcement matters like this one. >> informant's lawyer confirming the fbi cleared her client to speak about moscow's efforts to gain influence with the clintons. the question now did president trump improperly exert his influence to punish hillary clinton. let's bring in sara westwood, white house correspondent for "the washington examiner." this is a lot like the jfk story, two completely different narratives emerging from the story. one from the trump media is that you should lock up james comey, lock up eric holder and bob mueller should be fired. on the other hand did the trump administration weaponize the doj. what is your take away. >> what we don't know the
exact -- whether trump picked up the phone and dialed jeff sessions, if this was done at the staff level. it's not clear how this shook out. in a vacuum, it would be a good thing that an fbi informant would be freed up to talk to congress if there's a a chance the public could learn more about a case, a transaction that clearly has an enormous amount of public interest but it does raise concerns the president is intervening in a potential criminal investigation against one of his political opponents. when you spin it that way that is something that's going to raise concerns particularly among democrats. >> obviously it's unusual for a president to intervene in this way. is it legal? >> we just have no way of knowing at this point exactly how this took place. it's something that's so new, we don't know exactly what's going to come to light from this informant. this is something that's obviously going to get more scrutiny.
the congressman on the house intelligence committee has already said he's going to start looking into this. i'm sure we are going to learn more in the coming days about how president trump went about asserting himself into this case. >> president trump calls this whole thing like watergate. so we've got water gait and the jfk assassination, all this on 2017. let's talk tax force a moment because that was arguably the biggest story the day yesterday. house approving the budget that clears the way for tax reforms/tax cuts but clears by a narrow margin as 20 republicans vote no on this budget. and here's what paul ryan said about what's going to happen once they reveal this tax plan. >> are you at all concerned that his rollout next week, that he's not going to maybe like some of them and tweet something about it? >> he's going to be in asia, number 1.
>> okay. paul ryan's jokes last week were pretty revealing and perhaps so was that one. where are we headed? >> well, keep in mind that a lot of republicans who voted against this budget were republicans from states that would be hit hardest by republicans keeping the elimination of the state and local tax deductions in the plan. that's something potentially on the chopping block. so republicans from states like new york and new jersey, they are obviously really opposed to eliminating that tax deduction, because it would hit their on stit wents the hardest, potentially raise taxes on middle class families in those states. that's something that's potentially most likely to be eliminated in the plan. if that happens i think you'll see republican support consolidate more. >> but the question is does president trump have support from republicans. you look at a latest "fox ws poll showing his disproval rate up and approval rate down. >> right. the "fox news" poll did show
that president trump has continued this steady decline in his approval ratings. keep m mind we haven't really seen his approval ratings plum met in response to one event. tr they've dropped steadily as he failed to notch any major policy achievement. one number that stuck out was the 12-point drop in september in support among white men with no college degree. it's his base that stuck with him through thick and thin. its support starts to evaporate. that's something i think will concern the white house. >> that's a shocking number. that is one that's going to cause some people to lose sleep in the white house. all right. >> thanks so much for joining us. >> have a great weekend. ahead, the secretary of defense with an overnight stop in the dmz ahead of the president's trip to asia.
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imagine, this soldier came upon the after math of this. he said as he got to that scene, which is pretty close to where i'm standing now, just at the border between niger and mali. he said he saw them standing back to back. that came after a severe ambush by what he said the nigerien survivors say were multiple suv's followed up by many, many motor cyclists all out to attack those nigerien and american soldiers. u.s. sources saying that despite the odds stacked against them, the americans and nigeriens managed to kill at least 20 of those isis-affiliated attackers. now, our source did say he came across that patrol a day before saying he was surprised that the fact that they were lightly armed and without much support.
we shouldn't necessarily read too much into that because they were nunder the impression it ws a relatively low risk mission. >> we are getting great details what happened that night, that day, certainly so many more open questions. thanks so much. over night u.s. defense secretary james mattis visiting the demilitarizeed zone in south korea. not war. mattis's trip coming ahead of president trump's visit to asia next week. the cnn's will ripley the only journalist reporting from pyongyang is live with us this evening. this still we're talking about a potential trump visit to the dmz? >> reporter: well that is the big question here in pyongyang. north korean officials wondering if mattis's visit is going to
replace the possibility of president trump visiting the demilitarize the zone along the 38th parallel. that concern all along has been that if he went to this highly mill tar rise the area and said something inflammatory off script, it could really turn an already bad situation here far worse. and so that's one question. the white house has indicated to cnn it's unlikely but trump had left it open to speculation as to whether or not he will go to the dmz. i will say that secretary mal tis didn't say anything that would necessarily enrage the north koreans any more than they already are against the united states. everything that he said is things they've heard before, but when i showed some officials his statement where he said that the goal of the united states is complete denuclearize of th korean peninsula, basically the response is that is a completely unrealistic possibility because north korea feels they are so close to this point finalizing
the stages of developing their deter rent against the united states. it's simply not on the table. >> reporting live for us. thanks. let's get a check on cnn "money" stream this morning. global market the higher after blockbuster earnings from u.s. tech jie apartments. alphabet, alphab alphabet microsoft. u.s. stocks ended the day mostly higher due to good corporate report cards. today is the last day of the busiest week of earning season. expect to hear from exxon mobil, chevron and merck. the uber is finally adding multiple stops to the rides. the company introduced a new tool that lets users add up to three stops per trip. only the latest version will have the feature.
this holiday season could be the best for retailers in years. that's according to a new gallup poll. more than a third planning to spend at least $1,000. consumers may be spending but more and more is going on line. that causes problems for brick and mortar stores. 2017 just set the all time record for store closings. one retailer doing well, wal-mart, adding robots. the machines move up and down the aisles looking for out-of- stock items for mislabelled products. they flag them to story workers. they've been testing for the past three years and will now expand that test to 50 stores. still, the kwp has been careful to pitch the robots as helping staff, no the replacing them. but the reality is many stores are cutting jobs as amazon cuts into foot traffic, automation
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